JI adopts core curriculum from that of the University of Michigan and all the courses are taught in English. JI's teaching model focuses more on the skill transfer instead of pure knowledge transfer.
The goal of this course is to give students an understanding of the basic engineering principles behind common mechanical systems, as well as how to utilize their engineering knowledge to both synthesize and analyze their own simple mechanical systems and components. At the end of this course, students should be able to do the following, in either a team setting or individually:
- Design (synthesize) basic mechanical systems (including components such as linkages, cams, bearings, and gears) and mechatronics systems (which integrate electronic control and mechanical components) to satisfy given motion requirements.
- Perform analysis of the underlying kinematics of a mechanical system to predict behavior and evaluate key mechanical quantities (trajectory, velocity, acceleration, force, etc).
- Apply appropriate selection criteria to choose standard mechanical components such as gears, bearings and springs.
- Virtual prototyping of mechanical systems using one or more commercial CAD programs (IDEAS, Unigraphics, ProEngineer or AutoCAD) for performance and/or strength check
- Test and evaluate the physical prototype of simple machine systems and components for performance and benchmarks
The educational goal of this course is to give each student an understanding of design principles and to teach the application, implementation and integration of engineering knowledge obtained at JI toward the design and manufacturing of mechanical electrical systems. Accomplishment of this goal will be measured through the successful completion of an open-ended design project with appropriate design reviews and corresponding reporting deliverables. At the end of the course, students are expected to:
- Solve an open-ended engineering design problem including considerations of performance, cost, societal issues, etc. The problem must provide opportunities for creative design, fundamental analysis, and proof-of-concept prototyping. Each student team works on a project and everyone participates in project proposal development, reporting, and the design process.
- Apply a design process appropriate to the engineering problem at hand, including unstructured creativity as part of a structured design problem.
- Generate and evaluate design concepts after gaining a sound understanding of the problem background and existing design concepts.
- Identify a set of design variables and governing equations for the selected design concept that can be utilized to improve the design.
This is a graduate/undergraduate-senior level course intended to introduce students to Robotics. The course covers major fundamental aspects of robotics, including spatial motion of rigid bodies, kinematics and instantaneous kinematics, motion planning, statics and dynamics, control of robotic systems, robotic vision, nonholonomic systems, etc. In addition, introductory lectures on sensing and actuation technologies and advanced robotics topics will also be given in class.
By the end of this course, students should be able to independently present a comprehensive analysis for an existing robotic system, including the geometry, kinematics, differential kinematics, dynamics, control and motion planning. This course prepares students for their future pursuit in robotics and many other related disciplines.
The course provides a comprehensive treatment of fundamental principles of kinematics of mechanized motions using graph representation, spatial linkages, spherical mechanisms and non-traditional mechanisms (e.g. continuum mechanisms).
The course emphasizes creative design, and analytical synthesis of mechanisms to accomplish desired motions. It ties basic kinematic theories with various practical applications in products design. A half-semester-long design project provides students with an opportunity to design and build novel mechanisms.